Alert Tech Leadership

Meet the Team

At Alert Tech, leadership means leveraging extensive industry knowledge to create a seamless low-volume electronics development process. Our team brings decades of experience in technology development across market sectors to streamline the SMT manufacturing process. We work with our customers to fabricate and assemble high-quality circuit boards to spec through a simplified, one-stop-shop approach. Learn more about the team behind the tech below.

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Marge Laney

Founder, CEO

Marge is a former member of the U.S. Army, Georgia State Alumni and manufacturing leader with over three decades of experience in scaled manufacturing. Marge has brought her pragmatic business sense and strong leadership to retail technology and has led a successful team of engineers and technical specialists through exponential growth. Marge lends a thoughtful, solutions-based perspective with a strong emphasis on quality and accountability.

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Brian Laney


Brian has 18 years of experience working with top tier companies across multiple industries to bring their ideas and products to life. His particular focus in product design, global sourcing, applied engineering (mechanical and electrical) and clear communications brings value to customers at all stages. Brian is a former University of Houston Cougar, Amateur Radio Operator, as well as a trained cook and private pilot. He is passionate about helping communities in emergency situations and building communities around his interests.

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Don Adam


Don has over 30 years of international financial and management experience, including capital allocation, balance sheet optimization, treasury, financial planning and analysis, cost management, SEC reporting and mergers and acquisitions. Before joining Alert Tech SMT, he spent 16 years with industry leader Benchmark Electronics, including serving as their CFO for more than a decade. This experience gives him the tools to confidently develop and execute plans to drive consistent growth as a trusted, valuable supplier for our customers. Don holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Troy Schlegel

Director, Production Operations

Troy brings over 30 years of experience in the electronics manufacturing industry to Alert Tech SMT’s production operations. His expertise includes project and personnel management, process improvement and automation, new product introduction, HVAC manufacturing and process development using Six Sigma, DFM and tooling design. Driven by a commitment to quality, he applies a people-first approach to leadership, team building and process development.

Dorothy Chapa

Purchasing Manager

With 33 years of CM experience in a wide range of jobs, Dorothy has been key in production, documentation and program management. She has spent time as Program Manager in Guadalajara and managed many U.S. accounts. Backed by decades of experience sourcing hard-to-find parts, she brings strong industry relationships and expertise to knock down purchasing and manufacturing hurdles.

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Rick Vaughn

Senior Hardware Engineer

Rick has 30 years of component level control system design experience, with an emphasis in the petrochemical industry. He brings experience in communication protocols for both industrial and consumer applications, multi-node system design for both wired and non-wired data acquisition and control applications, and stand-alone and networked battery power system applications. Rick holds an FCC Commercial General Class Radio Telephone license and Amateur Radio Extra Class operator license.

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Ricky Vaughn

Senior Software Engineer

Ricky is a Senior Software Engineer with 25 years of experience. He honed his skills during his five-year tenure with the Marine Corps, where he designed and developed projects in collaboration with DARPA. He has successfully led international development teams on large application projects, which are currently in use in thousands of critical locations around the world. Skilled in relationship management with global partners, he specializes in data collection processing and analytics, machine-to-machine communication, multiple software languages including server, desktop and mobile, cloud utilization, rapid prototype design and development, raspberry pi, Linux, Windows, API and integration.

Adrian Leal

Adrian Leal

Account Executive

Adrian has over 25 years of experience in electronic manufacturing for the high temperature/high pressure environment. He has held numerous engineering roles, including process, quality, manufacturing, supplier quality, DfHSE and sales, in addition to serving as an operations manager, ISO auditor and compliance coordinator. This breadth of experience allows him to find solutions to complex challenges. He also holds a green belt in Lean Six Sigma and was the first oil and gas engineer certified by the SMTA as an SMT Process Engineer. As a native Houstonian, Adrian takes pride in giving back to the community. He can often be found volunteering at schools, soup kitchens and other local nonprofit organizations.

Certifications & Organizations

ISO 9001:2015 Certification
Certified Woman Owned Small Business
SMTA Corporate Member
IPC A-610 Certified